I know there is no shortage of travel song playlists out there, but the bulk of them are comprised of rock music by men. So I’ve come up with a list of a songs by women that can inspire you for every part of traveling, from the first sparks of a trip idea to the ups and downs of a journey. Here they are:
» Beautiful by India.Arie
Play this song when: You’re planning a trip someone in your life may not approve of and the time has come to tell them about it.
» Let The Wind Carry Me by Joni Mitchell
Play this song when: You’re coming to terms with your nomadic ways and want to feel like someone to relates to you.
» I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers
Play this song when: You’re trying to convince someone to come along with you on a trip. Or when you’re just trying to get soulful and shake your groove thang.
» Get Out the Map by Indigo Girls
Play this song when: You’re taking the ultimate road trip. This song oozes with joyful independence.
» Nostalgie Amoureuse by Zap Mama
Play this song when: You’re uneasy about the conditions you see people living in. I can’t say the lyrics of this song completely make sense to me, but it seems to me that she is describing a situation where happens upon squalor and begins to form an opinion on it. Then, someone living in the squalor surprises her by teaching her about his life, and life in general.
» Ain’t Got No/I Got Life by Nina Simone
Play this when: You’re down and out on a trip. This a great song to help you remember what you do have.
» Beautiful People by Melanie
Play this when: You’re experiencing a moment of hippie travel bliss. When everything’s like totally connected, peaceful and hopeful, man.